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No, Walmarts in Quebec have not set up “enclosures” for unvaccinated people
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No, Walmarts in Quebec have not set up “enclosures” for unvaccinated people
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According to opponents of compulsory vaccination, the supermarket chain Walmart has set up “enclosures” for unvaccinated people in Quebec. This is actually not what the photo that illustrates their words shows.

On the networks this week, Canadian opponents of vaccination against Covid-19 have multiplied calls for a boycott of the supermarket chain “Walmart”. In question: the new restrictions in force in Quebec since Monday, January 24, which impose a “vaccination passport” to enter stores of more than 1,500 square meters.

In this context, several Internet users have accused Walmart of having installed “enclosures” (or “cubicles” in Quebec) intended to isolate unvaccinated people who would enter the store. In any case, this is what a photo shared on the social networks of the Conservative Party of Quebec on January 24 would show, a political party strongly opposed to compulsory vaccination and current health measures.

“Enclosure for the unvaccinated”

The pictures of this famous installation have been circulating since Sunday, January 23 among opponents of vaccines. They are sort of narrow blue cabins with three transparent Plexiglas type walls and a fourth open side. They would have been photographed at the “Walmart Papineau” in Laval, according to the first Internet users to share the photo on Facebook and Twitter.

Screenshot of the Conservative Party of Quebec Facebook post. The Twitter post has been deleted. © Facebook

Non-vaccinated people are no longer allowed to go to these supermarkets, but can nevertheless access the pharmacy department inside Walmart if they are accompanied by a store employee, as explained by Radio Canada. . In Canada, it is indeed common to buy drugs in dedicated departments in supermarkets, and not only in brands such as European pharmacies.

These “cubicles” would then be intended to “lock up” the non-vaccinated while waiting to get their medicine: “Cubicles intended for Quebecers who have made a different medical choice, in Walmarts. Designated to wait before being brought to the pharmacy section. It’s the most “un-Canadian” thing I’ve seen in my life…“, said in a tweet, since deleted, Roman Baber, an MP from neighboring Ontario, very opposed to the restrictions linked to the Covid. On Twitterwe also denounce a new form of segregation. A post on the Reddit site (since deleted) even speaks of “Prisons for non-vaccinated people”.

“A facility for staff”

In reality, this facility is not intended to accommodate the unvaccinated at all.

Walmart Canada indeed explained itself on Tuesday, January 25 in the face of the controversy, via the online media Narcity and directly via their Twitter page. The company explains that the facility is actually for employees who must scan vaccine passports at the entrance to the store. Walmart even tweeted a photo of a Walmart employee in the infamous cubicle to show how it worked. “Some images on social networks wrongly suggest that the plexiglass partitions of certain stores are used to isolate unvaccinated customers. This is false. They are intended for associates when they scan vaccination passports”, details the brand on Twitter.

Walmart Canada’s Twitter response to a user accusing them of implementing enclosures for unvaccinated people.

In Quebec, 90% of people aged 12 and over have an “adequate” vaccination schedule and therefore have a vaccination passport. The Quebec government also wants to be very firm with unvaccinated people. On January 12, Quebec had thus expressed the wish to tax them, considering that they were a “burden” for the health system.



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